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Utah Jazz kick off Las Vegas Summer League against the Phoenix Suns

The Utah Jazz developmental players get another chance to shine

2021 Salt Lake City Summer League: Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz White Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

The Utah Jazz will get another chance to develop their young talent tonight in Las Vegas.

At Salt Lake City Summer League Trent Forrest and Udoka Azubuike shined in their roles and it will be interesting to see how they fare against other competition.

Forrest has been fantastic for the Jazz in Summer League so far and has shown he’s an NBA player that helps his team win. He has fantastic passing instincts whether he’s in the pick and roll or working within the offense to find open shooters. He also has great touch around the basket with impressive athleticism.

The combination of Forrest with Azubuike has been formidable and led the Jazz White squad to an undefeated record in three games. Azubuike was an absolute force in SLC putting up ridiculous numbers.

The biggest knock on Dok was his conditioning. Once in game shape, Dok should be able to stay on the court for longer periods and continue to batter opposing front courts.

One of the goals of summer league is to see if your prospects can shine in this environment. Not every player, especially role players, are going to have explosive outings but you want to see them flourish within the roles they are in. Azubuike and Forrest have absolutely done that. Udoka is looking like a nice contract for a backup center and is showing that he could have a real impact this upcoming season if he’s given a chance.

We saw Jarrell Brantley recently re-sign with the Jazz. Brantley has shown some nice signs but still has too many turnovers. Las Vegas will hopefully give Brantley a chance to show what he can do while limiting the turnovers. It’s a big step that will help him prove his value for the upcoming season.

The biggest disappointment is that Jared Butler will not be playing in Las Vegas Summer League, according to Justin Zanik. Zanik mentioned not wanting his conditioning to start with live action play for safety reason. That may be so, but it may also be related to his contract not being finalized yet. Both sides likely don’t want to risk any issues until that is taken care of. Either way it’s too bad because it would have been nice to see Butler on the floor to see what he can do.

Game Info

When: August 9, 2021 - 8:00 PM MT (Jazz Blue vs Jazz White)

Where: Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV